The Council of Europe is an international organisation in Strasbourg which comprises 47 countries of Europe. It was set up to promote democracy and protect human rights and the rule of law in Europe.
"Young People Combating Hate Speech Online is a project being run by the Council of Europe’s youth sector between 2012 and 2014. It aims to combat racism and discrimination, as expressed online as hate speech, by mobilizing young people and youth organisations to recognize and act against such human rights violations. The project is a tribute to youth participation and co-management. It was initiated by the youth representatives in the Joint Council on Youth, the committee which brings together youth leaders belonging of the Advisory Council on Youth and the governmental youth representatives of the European Steering Committee on Youth. The project is therefore being carried out by young people with the support of governmental youth institutions.
The campaign is not designed to limit freedom of expression online. Neither is it about everyone being nice to each other online. It is against hate speech online in all its forms, including those that most affect young people, such as cyber-bullying and cyber-hate. The campaign focuses on human rights education, youth participation and media literacy.
The goals of the campaign are:Read more about this campaign: http://www.nohatespeechmovement.org/
- To raise awareness about hate speech online and the risks it poses for democracy and individual young people.
- To promote media and Internet literacy.
- To support young people in standing up for human rights, online and offline.
- To reduce the levels of acceptance of online hate speech.
- To mobilise, train and create a network of online youth activists to defend human rights.
- To map hate speech online and develop tools to combat it.
- To support and show solidarity to people and groups targeted by hate speech online.
- To advocate the development of and consensus on European policy instruments combating hate speech.
- To develop youth participation and citizenship online."
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